Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

August 9, 2013

Field day focuses on a systems approach to equipment

INDIANAPOLIS – For Madison County farmer Mike Shuter and his sons, Brian and Patrick, the right equipment isn’t about having the latest and greatest for their farming operation.

This Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) producer who has been no-tilling for 30 years is all about finding ways to make the farm more productive.

“Bag to Bin: Equipment Modifications and Management for a Conservation Cropping System,” the Sept. 4 field day on Shuter Sunset Farms, highlights the equipment side to sustainable farming. The day is designed for farmers, equipment dealers, and those who are interested in learning about equipment modifications and adjustments that work for strip-till, no-till and cover crop systems, including on-the-fly variable rate application (VRA) side-dress.

“I hope farmers and landowners in the agricultural community will join us to see how we’ve been able to use the latest equipment and technology to better manage our soil health and fertility,” said Shuter.

“We are trying to develop better soil health by managing our inputs to produce a more sustainable corn and soybean crop to help feed the world on into the future while maintaining and improving the quality and health of the soil we are here on earth to manage,” he added.

The day will start at Shuter Sunset Farms (located one mile east of Frankton and one-half mile south on CR 400 West). Shuter, along with Indiana USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Health Specialist Barry Fisher, AgLeader’s Mike Olson, and Mark Slabaugh, Oxbo, will be on hand to discuss the modifications made to the farm’s equipment. Equipment highlights include a 24-row Nitrogen toolbar Shuter and his sons built equipped with AgLeader’s OptRx toolbar.

The 24-row Nitrogen toolbar that the Shuters built is mounted on a Miller Nitro sprayer equipped with an AgLeader OptRx and InCommand systems to variable rate nitrogen based upon on-the-fly measurements system. Mounted on a Miller Nitro sprayer, the toolbar permits the Shuters to apply nitrogen far beyond the normal sidedress window - allowing them to “spoon feed” nutrients when growing corn crops need them most.

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